Old English Sheepdog Rescue Network of the Southeast 2010 9th Edition October 24,2010
 

ADOPTION SUCCESS- Wilbur now SAM (GA to SC)

Wilbur (now SAM) was an owner turnin (foreclosure pending).  At 2 years old this dog needed to be re-homed.   Some family friends were the ones who were so helpful in finding our rescue and helping us obtain info on him. 
 
Wilbur came into foster care and did pretty well, but had alot of playfulness in him.  He had fun with the other dogs at the house. 
 
Joy had recently lost her OES and was looking for another boy for her family.  Having had over 5 OES in her life, it was just time to get another. 
 
Joy picked Wibur/now SAM up in August and brought her granddaughter with her.  Her granddaughter has fallen in love with this big boy.  Sam has needed continued training to make him a better well mannered boy.  He was quite the wild child and training is always helpful for obedience.    Today SAM is living in South Carolina and enjoys an active life with his active mom.
 
Transport/Foster:  Jesse in Atlanta

 

Adoption SUCCESS- BOCEPHIUS in TN

From time to time, it just breaks your heart when you hear of someone who is having to give up their dog and its the last thing they wanted to do. Bocephius was a loved dog, who was saved in his early life from a puppy mill rescue situation.  He had been with his mom for a few years, and very shortly after the owner got the dog, she fell very ill.  She struggled with finances from her illness, and her illness was not getting better.  She made the very brave choice to give her dog to rescue. 
 
Since the dog was in the Memphis area, and volunteers are a little more scattered, we asked a retired couple, The McClendons in MS., who had recently put in an applicaition for a dog (but had since purchased 2 pups), to help us.  They graciously offered to help pick the dog up and foster. 
 
I'm still not sure how the McClendon's handled a young foster dog and 2 young pups at the house, but they did an amazing job.  They filled a very special volunteer gap for us in that area.  They helped get the dog to its vet visits and to its grooming needs. 
 
Very quickly we found a perfect home for Bo.  The Calahan's had been previous OES owner's and lost their recent pup to age and hip issues.  While they considered a smaller dog, the OES breed kept calling them.  They brought their kids to Mississippi to meet Bo and well it was love at first site. 
 
The Calahan's offer constant updates on Bo and the kids and how everyone is doing.  There is no doubt in anyone's mind that this dog is the glue to this family.  He does everything with the family.  From storm shelter snuggling to Halloween parties to lots of park time and dog walks. 
 
The whole neighborhood is very familiar with Bo and his family.  A wonderful success indeed.   Bo moved to middle Tennessee.
 
Foster/Transport:  The McClendons, North MS.

 

Adoption SUCCESS- BODIE in GA now SC

Bodie was part of a "hoarding seize" in N. GA.  The local shelter contacted us and asked us if we were interested in the purebred who had been chained up in a barn with 8 other Pyrenese and a couple of chiuaua's. 
 
After his 3 mandatory weeks in shelter care while the case requirements for holding passed, he became our ward.  He was quickly sent off to the vet for neutering, deworming (Hookworms), microchipping and shots. 
 
Bodie was the perfect foster.  Good looking, great with the dog of the household and well let's just say "curious" about the 4 cats, he was a good dog for a multiple dog home or just a an only child. 
 
After a year of mourning the loss of her last OES, moving to a different state and settling in, Rae Marie was ready for an OES to be a part of her household again.
 
Rae Marie and her friend picked Bodie up and updates came quickly.  She'd bought everything she could to make Bodie happy in his new home.  He met the local neighbors, the house cat, and had plenty of walks around the neighborhood and playtime in the back yard.  He is having the time of his life and Rae Marie's life is just a little more complete.
 
Foster/transport: Fiona in Ga

 

Adoption SUCCESS- Mr. Albert (ALBIE) in AL now NC

Albie is a 6 1/2 year old sheepie who was an owner turn in. She was given Albie as a gift for her high school graduation and after years of love with his owner, she had changes in her  life, work and home environment. 
 
Betsy (President of our group), picked him up and got him to her vet for an evaluation.  Unfortunately, he had not been given heartworm prevention and we found out he had a pretty bad case of them.  The heartworm treatments began.  Mr. Albert was a great guest.  He was pretty low key anyway, potty trained, did well with the other dogs in the house, was super sweet and quite a gorgeous dog. 
 
Heartworm treatment takes no less than 2 months to complete, but when he was HW free, we were able to place him. 
 
Robert is a free lance writer who works in his home office and lives on a large property in NC.  He was very interested in Albie.  His only concern was that he had 5 cats at home!  We had not cat tested Albie yet.  But generally speaking most OES come around and deal with cats in time and can co-exhist. 
 
Robert and Jill, picked Albie up.  Within a day we had already gotten the first progress report that Albie was doing great and having a blast on the property chasing squirrels and getting his morning walk.  He is doing pretty well with the cats so far, but there is always room for improvement.  They are very happy Albie has joined their family and he is the "Prince" of his new kingdom.
 
Foster/transport:  Betsy in B'ham

 

Adoption SUCCESS: Beethoven in MS

Beethoven is a 6 1/2 year old male turned in by the owner's business partner.  Sadly... Beethoven's dad went "on the road" for work for a year and basically things were not going to change, because of the music line of business he was in.  His business partner had been given the job back in MS of taking care of Beethoven and it was becoming apparent that Beethoven really needed to be rehomed.   They found OESRescue Network of the SE.
 
Again the situation where the dog was in North MS, I really didn't feel like asking the McClendon's to help again, since they had just had their first foster, so I contacted another applicant in Jackson, MS.  She had a 13 yr old husky at her house, but due to medical issues she didn't think their would be any issues between the two dogs. 
 
Our most anxious foster/applicant, was itching to pick this big boy up.  Foster's always get first pick on the their dog and this was no exception.  I'm pretty sure she had decided he would be hers before she even picked him up. 
 
Again, this is one of those stories where the owner and the dog become glued at the hip.  Within a week, he had had his vet visit and everything came up rosey!  He was already 88lbs and he was a big boy. 
 
They have been Ole Miss tail gating together, riding in the Miata for weekend rides, and even been blessed at the catholic school by the priest and visited with all the kids at school (a BIG HIT).  Talk about a match made in heaven.  They are inseperable.  Beethoven went from basically being a neglected dog to a dog spoiled rotten and loved!  Don't ya just love when things work out :)
 
Foster/transport:  Ann in Jackson, MS

 

Adoption SUCCESS- WATSON in LA

We got an email from a guy in New Orleans who had saved this poor sole from walking the streets of a bad neighborhood in New Orleans.  No one was looking for this purebred "with tail".  He was very matted and had burrs all over his fur.  Unfortunately, the guy who saved him from walking the streets could not keep him, but he did look up and found our sheepdog rescue and emailed us.  
 
We quickly jumped into action and thankfully have a very competant foster in the Baton Rouge area who has helped us with many fosters in that area.  Within days, they had a plan and Wynette picked him up. 
 
Wynette's family had no intentions on keeping this dog.  After all, they had just moved her husband's mother into the house, they have a senior OES and another younger female OES.  AND Watson had a tail which they were not considering in their next sheepdog. 
 
Within a day or so, we got an update from Wynette who said her young female was having the time of her life playing with this young boy.  They couldn't stop playing and having fun!  But the mission was to get the dog to the vets for his checkup and neutering and a bath/shave.  BAD NEWs.. another heartworm positive dog. 
 
We suspected (based on coat and teeth) that Watson did not exceed 1 1/2 years old, but his time on his own had subjected him to the elements without proper Heartworm and worm prevention.  In edition to Heartworms, poor Watson was skinny, suffering from Hookworms, which were taking his nutrition, dealing with ear infections and had a burr in his pad and of course needed neutering and shots.
 
The vet started  heartworm treatment and it was up to Wynette and family to follow through with keeping Watson calm (very hard to do with an 18 month old that wants to play). 
 
Very quickly they realized they were falling in love with this fella, who sported a unique full sized tail,that was cute as a button and who brought so much joy to their female. 
 
Watson has been through his 2 months of Heartworm treatments and is negative now.  He has a nice clean coat and enjoying the comfort of being loved and cared for.  Wynette and family flunked fostering this time and adopted Watson!  We're so happy for Watson and Wynette and her family. 
 
Transport/foster: Wynette in LA

 

ADOPTION SUCCESS: DAISY in GA

Another heartbreaking story, our first images of Daisy were from the vets office in TN that had been treating her.  At just 3 years old, her owner's family encouraged the owner to give her up.  It was just too difficult for them to see the red mangey skin, rib cage and wanted so much more for her.   The owner knew she had had Demodex mange before.  He had tried one time to get rid of it.  Unfortunately he did not follow the treatments till the end, so the mange came back with a vengance (pictures on our Facebook page show Daisy's original look). 
 
She was turned into the vet's office who took her in and started her demodex mange treatment.  All summer she had her medicines and special baths and her hair started to grow back.  The vet tech's considered Daisy their special project.  And they found our website and asked us if we would be willing to bring her into rescue. 
 
We agreed to bring her in, but based on her vet history and issues with her eyes, we had them spay her and check her eye situation.  One of her eyes was recessed and small.  Her previous vet records showed a life of eye drops.  After two vets accessed the situation, the recommendation came down to removal of the eye.  In fact they felt she probably had very little to no use of that eye anymore.  So during the spay, little Daisy had her eye removed.
 
With a willing volunteer in place for transport and another in place for foster care, Daisy was ready to be transported from the Knoxville area to Atlanta.  
 
Within a day this pup was glued to her foster mom, taking long walks i the forest and enjoying the little dog in the house.  Her hair was black and grey all over.  The black spotting because of all the new hair growth since her mange recovery. 
 
After observation of the eye that had been removed, we noticed that the good eye also showed an issue.  Her bottom eyelid rolled so far inwards, the lashes were constantly scraping her eyeball.  So off to the vet she went and two stitches were put in her inner eye which tightened the skin around the eye and fixed the situation.  She was also treated for Tape worms. 
 
Finally this little girl was on her way to recovery/happiness.  She did have a few days of "world stop pickin' on me" where she was a little mad at the world and sulked on the couch, but her happy little attitude jumped back within a few days of the second eye surgery/stitches.
 
Beth had owned an OES with her family when she was in high school.  She knew when her kids were old enough to have a dog, this breed was what she was going after.   After their home check, prepping the kids for what it takes to accept a new dog in their family, and prepping her husband, who had never owned a dog before, we set up an opportunity to meet Daisy. 
 
The initial meeting went really well, so a second meeting was set up for the kids to meet Daisy.  Everyone was excited and they took Daisy home.  Daisy is now known by everyone in the neighborhood.  She is still a little apprehensive around dogs approaching her (since her view is blocked on the one eye).  She is very happy to stay right near the house, but they are starting to walk a bit further down the street now, she likes familiarity.  The kids love her to death and the family had a bbq recently and she was the perfect hostess. 
 
Beth now has the dog of her dreams and her kids will grow up sharing the love of a sheepie!  They know her demodex mange may come back and they are prepared to take the challenges as they come.  Now, Daisy is enjoying her best health ever and has a family who loves her.
 
Transport: the Waxmans
Foster:  Betty Crawford

 

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SHEEPIE DAY ANNOUNCED: Norcross, GA, Sunday Nov. 14 2pm

We have enjoyed meeting twice a year in the Atlanta area.  Everyone is welcome to come with Sheepies or other dog types.  This is an opportunity to get to know the sheepdog community, see our furry friends who have been placed and those we have met along the way.   This will be a playdate only and will last from 2pm until 4 or 5pm.  Email:  FionaRB@aol.com for more information on this event.  An EVITE will be sent to you with all the pertinent info.

GROOMING...

Have you noticed how thick the hair on your dog's hind is getting.  That is the OES undercoat.  Many people try to groom and keep up their dog's coat on their own.  While it is strongly suggested you take your dog to a groomer approx once every 4 week (or 3 weeks if you can afford it), those trying to keep up that coat on their own need to try this.   Buy a DOG COMB.  Try combing that dog coat and touch the skin of the dog.  If you are only combing surface hair and not moving that comb close to the skin, your dog COULD BE MATTED.  Many people make this mistake.  You will know very quickly how good a job you are doing with the Comb test.!
 
Matts are very uncomfortable to a sheepdog and tighten near the skin.  Itching may occur because of the matting. 
 
The thickening of the coat in the winter time is the undercoat.  You can help "thin" the coat by buying deshedding tools like Oster's "undercoat rake" (18 teeth) and Mars brand "coat king strippers".  These are items you may want to consider buying.  These items help pull that thick dead hair out of the coat and thin out the coat.  This will element constant matting.  
 
While this is not an endorsement for these two companies, the grooming geek in me tends to refer to petedge.com  and jefferspet.com as great assets to buying good products online.
 
Obviously a slicker brush should be on your grooming tools list, as well as a matt breaker (item TP-069 will work from Pet Edge), but you may find a decent one at Petsmart. 
 
For the dog that hates for you to slicker brush them, I have found that a wood pin brush by Chris Christiansen is an item my dog will tolerate.  While she may run away from me when I don't have her harnessed and just try to brush her with the slicker brush, she acts completely diffferent with the wood pin brush.   The brush acts as a massager of sorts and I can almost put my dog to sleep when we use it (I've actually seen her eyes roll back in her head LOL).  We do this before bedtime on the bed where she can spread out and be moved around so I can get at her belly/chest hair, inside legs and hind quarters.  It is better to use line grooming when using the wood pin brush.  It should not replace your use of the slicker brush, but can enhance your inbetween brushing.  Again, I'm not pitching a specific company, but I know a few people who swear by this tool.  chrissystems.com  is the website for the wood pin brush.
 
And lastly, remember when using these tool (slicker, dematter, and coat king), you must be very careful and not hurt the skin of the dog or dig in.  This can cause painful brush burn.  Be careful and try to stay on top of that coat as we approach the "longer coat" season. 

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